Australian grunge-metal trio Silverchair will take to America's nightclubs later this month
and in March to promote the upcoming release of their third full-length album, Neon
Ballroom (March 16).
Beginning with a show at New York's Bowery Ballroom Feb. 16, the group will be on the
road in the United States through late March, performing at small and medium-sized
clubs in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit and winding up in Boston at the
Paradise Theater on March 23.
Neon Ballroom was produced by Nick Launay, known for his work with fellow
Aussie rockers Midnight Oil and American pop artists Semisonic. Among the songs on
the new album is a six-minute duet with classical pianist David Helfgott -- subject of the
Oscar-winning film "Shine" about his battles with mental illness -- on the song "Emotion
The full track listing for Neon Ballroom is: "Emotion Sickness," "Anthem for the
Year 2000," "Ana's Song (Open Fire)," "Spawn Again," "Miss You Love," "Dearest
Helpless," "Do You Feel the Same," "Black Tangled Heart," "Point of View," "Satin
Sheets," "Paint Pastel Princess" and "Steam Will Rise." The video for the first single,
"Anthem for the Year 2000," was directed by Gavin Bowden (Red Hot Chili Peppers,
The group, best known for hard-rocking songs such as
(RealAudio excerpt) from their 1997 album Freakshow, played a secret show in
their Australian hometown of Newcastle last month to preview the new material.
Playing under the fake name the Australian Silverchair Show, the trio -- augmented by
tour keyboardist Sam Holloway, formerly of the Melbourne-based band Cordrazine --
performed for the first time in more than a year.
The U.S. tour kick-off Feb. 16 includes a pre-show chat on SonicNet, which will also
cybercast the show.
Silverchair Tour Dates:
Feb. 16; New York, N.Y., Bowery Ballroom
Feb. 18; New Orleans, La., House of Blues
March 10; Atlanta, Ga., Roxy Theater
March 11; Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
March 12; Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero
March 15; Chicago, Ill., Vic Theater
March 16; Minneapolis, Minn., Quest Club
March 18; Cleveland, Ohio, Odeon
March 19; Detroit, Mich., St. Andrew's Hall
March 20; Toronto, Canada, Warehouse
March 22; Montreal, Canada, Le Spectrum
March 23; Boston, Mass., Paradise